WASHINGTON — While students of Hinduism have been studying the ancient Hindu scriptures for years, they’ve never felt comfortable about saying it.
“When I was growing up, I was really embarrassed,” said Maitri Singh, a second-year student in the Hindu Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His peers didn’t know what to say about the religion.
I thought I was supposed to be a good Hindu, said Singh, who also is studying journalism.
“I just felt like that was just not part of the culture at that time.”
Some of the earliest known texts in Hinduism are the Bhagavad-Gita, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Mahadevinsara.
They are sacred texts for Hindus.
There is no consensus among scholars about whether the religion originated in India or China, and its origins have been debated.
Some scholars say it started in China and spread to India with the help of Chinese scholars.
Others say it came about as a result of missionary efforts by Muslims.
At least one recent study said Hinduism’s roots are found in China.
But that study was not peer-reviewed and the findings were based on anecdotal evidence.
The study was done by a team of scholars at the Institute for Oriental Studies in Beijing.
They interviewed more than 600 people from different parts of China and India.
The researchers also used a survey conducted in 2014 by the China-based Chinese American Cultural Association.
They say there are about 300 million Hindus in China, but that it is unclear how many actually follow the religion as a religion.
They say the religion is largely a Chinese phenomenon.
Students say the history of the Hindu religion is filled with stories of the “great awakening” in the mid-1800s, when millions of Hindus were uprooted from their homes.
They also say that it has its origins in ancient India and that it spread across the Himalayan region.
Hinduism originated in China as a response to Christianity’s dominance in China during the mid to late 1800s, said Shri Vidyarthi, a professor at the American Indian Institute at the National University of Singapore.
Many scholars say the Hinduism spread to Asia as a reaction to the Chinese Communist Revolution in 1949.
But they say there is a very long history of conflict between Hindus and Muslims, and some say it was the conflict that gave rise to the religion in India.
According to the Hindu scriptures, the first Buddha was a man who was revered in India for the wisdom he brought to the country.
He was killed by a Muslim.
The first emperor of India was also a Hindu.
But the Hindus were persecuted and they never fully embraced Hinduism, said J. S. Singh, an expert on the religion at the Hindu Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.
In fact, according to a study by the United States-based Institute for Asian Studies in Washington, D.C., only about 10 percent of Hindus in India were practicing the religion by the time the Indian independence movement began in 1947.
Today, Hindus make up about 10% of the population in India and they are considered a minority in the country, according a study from the Indian Statistical Institute.
But the number of Hindus has declined in recent decades.
Even though India is the world’s largest Hindu nation, only about one in 10 Hindus practices Hinduism in the U.S. Singh said it is possible that the numbers are higher.
He said Hindus in the United Kingdom have been practicing Hinduism for centuries and that people there believe in the power of the divine and are not concerned about whether Hindus practice the religion legally or not.
A growing number of Indian Hindus are not aware of their religion, he said.
If people don’t know, then they think they have no religion, said Suresh Sharma, an American-Indian member of Parliament and former head of the Indian Parliament’s Committee on Hinduism.
What does this mean for us?
It means we’re in a precarious situation, said Natarajan.
It’s a really difficult situation because there is no unified religious identity, he added.